Mark 14-15 - The Beginning of the End

Mark 14
v3-9 - woman anoints Jesus with expensive perfume
Jesus says she has anointed Him for burial.

v12-26 - they observe the Passover

v22-25 - the Last Supper

Now Jesus tells them that one of them will betray Him.
They argue about who will do this.
They ask and Jesus only gives a cryptic answer.
We know it was Judas, but apparently they did not.
We know Jesus is about to be arrested, tortured and executed.

For us, observing this Last Supper is our chance (like I have said about speaking the Creed as the Pledge of Allegiance), this is our chance to commit to Jesus that we will live for Him.

Back to the Mount of Olives
v27 - "You will all fall away"

v29 - "Even if everyone else falls away, I will not."

v30 - "You will deny three times."

v31 - Emphatically, "I will die, but I will not deny you."

[Let's observe the Last Supper of Jesus with His disciples. Jesus plainly tells them, this is my last time to eat and drink with you. So the gravity of is sinking in.]


v32-41 - Jesus goes to Gethsemane, taking PJ & J with Him.
"My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow."

v43-50 - An armed group comes from the Sanhedrin and arrests Him.

v50 - "Then everyone deserted Him and fled."

Jesus is accused by several people, but their testimonies are not consistent. The High Priest questions Him but Jesus remains silent.

[I cannot help but think that the men of the Sanhedrin see in Jesus, especially when He quotes from Daniel about the Son of Man coming on the clouds, they see Jesus as one of those guys living in the caves of the Dead Sea. Those guys think the Temple has become worthless... This Jesus has shown great disrespect for our Temple.

I found a scholar from the Univ of Edinburgh this week, Helen Bond. She wrote a book on Caiaphas, the High Priest, and I learned more that I have never heard.

1. Caiaphas was not elected by his fellow priests - he was appointed by the Roman governor around the year 18AD.

2. Caiaphas came from a wealthy family that had political ties to the Romans.
By the time Jesus appears on the scene, he had served for around 13 years which was not normal. The High Priest usually served for 3-4 years.

Archealogical digs reveal: 3. He and many of the other high-ranking priests lived in luxious mansions, built in Hellenistic style.

4. Over 150 mikvehs around the Temple area. Mikvehs were ritual baths where the people were required to bath prior to entering the Temple.
These baths were owned by the priests and the people had to pay a fee to use the bath. This was another aspect of making money that I think Jesus is unhappy with. He is in agreement with the Qumran ex-priests who think the Temple has become bogus. There is too much politics, too much money and riches involved, and too much hand-holding with Rome.]

Pilate, Governor of Judea, only comes to Jerusalem for major events to try to show some favor to the Jews. His official residence was in Caesarea on the coast in Samaria. When Pilate comes to Jerusalem he brings 4-6k soldiers to make sure of his safety AND to be a military presence to keep the Jews from rioting.

So I do not think Caiaphas truly condemns Jesus due to blasphemy, even though Jesus does claim to be the Son of Man, Messiah and Son of God.

I think Caiaphas is afraid that Jesus is going to cause a riot during the Passover - riots were not uncommon.

New Sheriff in town.
Not what everyone expected. Showdown is to give His life.

v61 - "Are you the Messiah, Son of the Blessed One?"

v62 - "I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven."

The HP rips his garment, a sign of utter disgust from blasphemy. Jesus is condemned.
Some spit on Him, the guards mock and beat Him.

v66-72 - Peter denies that he knows Jesus three times.

CH 15
Early in the morning they bind Jesus as a criminal and take Him to Pilate, the Governor of Judea. The Jews are not supposed to issue the death penalty and they need the Romans to do it for them. So they are hoping Pilate will see Jesus as a political dissident, like the Zealots.

v2-5 Pilate questions Jesus, but Jesus basically remains silent.

v6-15 - Pilate frees Barrabas, a convicted criminal as a trade to condemn Jesus, trying to please the crowds.

v16-20 - Roman soldiers lead Jesus away, beat Him, flog Him with the Roman whip and mock Him. This is in preparation for crucifixion. Jesus is now a common criminal.

v25 - 9AM - they crucify Jesus along with two other criminals.

v33 - Noon - an eclipse of the Sun - 13:24, "the Sun will be darkened..."

v34 - 3PM - Jesus cries out in agony, quoting Ps 22, "My God, why have You forsaken me?"

v37 - Jesus dies.

v40 - Mark names three women who were there when Jesus died, and "Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there."

The disciples had fled and the women were the main, perhaps the only witnesses to His death.

v42 - It is closing on 6PM, the day before of the Sabbath.
Joseph Arimathea offers a tomb to put the body in where it will remain cool and away from animals, so the women can prep for Sabbath and fix the body on Sunday for burial.

v47 - The women wrap the body of Jesus and watch as probably servants of Joseph carried the body to the tomb and pushed the stone door into place.

In a liturgical church this would be the message on Good Friday. Black Friday



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